This health video looks at the new way to administer the flu vaccine. No longer does it have to be given by a needle but is available as a nasal mist.
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Jennifer Mathews: Like many kids, 6 year old Brianna and 11-year old Dante are afraid of going to the doctors. Dante: Taking a shot, I don't like. Jennifer Mathews: Mom say it takes a toll on them too. Robin McDaniel: He whines all night, he cries all night. I have to convince him that the needle is not going to hurt him, that is going to benefit him. James King: Well, good morning, how are you all doing? Jennifer Mathews: When it comes to giving a flu shot, doctors now have a needle free alternative, a vaccine in the form of a mist. James King: You spray it in the nose and it sets up a little infection in your nose and your body protects you against that and makes antibodies in your nose and throat against the flu. Jennifer Mathews: The mist is expected to boost vaccine rates in school aged children and middle aged adults, two groups who get and spread the flu but are least likely to get flu shots each year. James King: You can reduce transmission of flu to the community. Jennifer Mathews: It's approved for healthy people aged 5-49 with few side effects. James King: About 15-20% of people might get a little stuffy nose and less than 5% of children will get a very low grade fever. Jennifer Mathews: And it's less frightening too. Brianna: It felt like a tickle. Jennifer Mathews: This is Jennifer Mathews reporting.